Wow! Curious George is a Holocaust survivor! Really.
Artist H.A. Rey and his writer wife, Margret, were living in Paris when the Nazis occupied France in 1940. As German Jews, the Reys knew that in order to survive they had to get out. So they began a 9-day journey by bicycle to Lisbon, sleeping in barns and begging for help along the way.
Noreen Brand with the Illinois Holocaust Museum says the Reys left Paris penniless but, among the few possessions they stuffed into their knapsacks, were the drawings and original manuscript that would later become the Curious George series.
The Reys finally made their way to freedom and settled in New York where they went on to write and illustrate the entire Curious George series.
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